Railway Carriages

The main theme of the galleries on the railway carriages is where you can find out about you can find out more about everyday life in the Dales. Looking at the social and spiritual life of the people living in the Yorkshire Dales.


Religion has left its mark on every aspect of the life and landscape of the Dales. Displays include objects of significance for those who have followed their faith in the area.


In the 16th and 17th centuries, generous Dale’s people and religious bodies founded grammar schools. It was only after 1870, when education was made free and compulsory that most children went to school.


Life in the Dales wasn’t all hard work. Between c.1850 and 1950, those who lived here enjoyed community life in their villages. Holidays, shows and feasts were essential to dales life discover more about past celebrations.

Transport and communications

Natural features of the Dales like boggy moors, steep hillsides and dramatic weather conditions have influenced the ways in which people have traveled within and through the area. Also the arrival of the railways in the 19th century had a great impact on the Dales.

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